Everton's Under 19 side suffered their first defeat of
pre-season as they went down 2-3 at Blackpool.
After playing three games in the space of six days, fatigue
swept through Alan Harper's side, who found themselves three
goals down with an hour on the clock.
However, the Blues rallied and goals from Scott Brown after 70
minutes and Anthony Barry on 75 raised hopes of a draw.
Blackpool hung on for a victory though, much to Harper's
"It hurts to say this, but Blackpool deserved the
win," he told evertonfc.com.
"I wasn't pleased with the attitude of our lads -
that's one of the first times I've had to say this, but
they seemed to think that they could beat Blackpool by just turning
"I'm glad Blackpool proved them wrong, because the lads
will have learnt from this."
Harper's youngsters are set to be involved in three more
games over the next six days, with Southport, Nigeria Under 17s and
Welsh side TNS providing the opposition.
"I'm a bit worried about them," admitted
"Although they're keen to play, you can get too much
football. I'm worried about them being too tired for the start
of the season.
"But we'll do as best we can and look after them
Meanwhile, the Under 17s thrashed Marine Reserves 5-2 at